Interface

That menu is populated automatically and is ever present at the top of your site. As you’d expect, it’s also customisable. Most of the pages you’ve added to your site will appear here. There are exceptions, such as the ‘Promos’, which break up your main page with some information you’ll deem worthy to put there.

And that’s the thing about the websites 123 website builder helps you create: all the pages you’ve added, your galleries, blogs, articles, etc, aren’t actually pages… they all appear on the main page, one after the other; scroll down, and you’ll eventually get to them all. This can get confusing and cluttered after a while, especially as you write more and more blog posts or put more photos in your galleries. You can use the header menu to quickly get to the section you’re interested in (as you do, you get a nice fast scrolling effect until you reach the section), but although the customisation invites complexity and numerous sections, we wouldn’t recommend you go too crazy, and limit your design to just a handful of them.

Site123 gives you a free web address to publish your site to, but it’s as far from memorable as you can get - just a series of random letter and numbers, followed by ‘.site123.me'.

If you want a more catchy URL, or if you already have one and would like to link your site to it, you have to pay for the privilege.

Pricing

The Basic option will set you back $11 per month - if you pay for a year - this price includes a free domain name for a year. The price drops further if you commit to two or three years instead.

You have additional tiers, Advanced, Professional and Gold. If you’re looking for online payment options for your e-commerce, the last two are your only two options which cost $24 and $30 a month for one year’s subscription respectively.

Should you choose to purchase a plan within 72 hours of trying out the free service, you can get any of the top three (ie, any except for Basic) at a not-to-be-sneezed-at 40% discount.

All plans progressively increase your storage and bandwidth allocation, but there are no unlimited options - the maximum you’re given - with Gold - is 270GB of storage and 135GB of bandwidth per month. You can try any of these plans free for 14 days should you wish.

Final verdict

Overall, Site123 is easy to use. Although somewhat limited, your customisation options are clear and easy to implement. The main preview of your website as you create it and experiment works great, but the layout options don’t favour a complex site with too many sections. 

If your needs are simple, and want something that looks good with little effort, Site123 might well be worth you taking it for a spin.

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